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The last course of the river #egypt, south of #alexandria i was on assignment for national geographic on nile delta. isn't the nile considered the cradle of civilization and agriculture? the nile, abounding in organic plants, came from african lands to feed egypt, to the beat of its floods. as years and centuries went by, irrigated and cultivated lands gave back to man the lavish fruit of his labor. many species of fish used to live in the waters of the generous river. at that time, men, animals and nature lived in balance. then came the day when man, proud of his technological knowledge and following the inevitable momentum of progress, wanted to tame nature and the nile in order to better control its stream, its floods and its recedings. temples, sleeping pharaohs and their treasures were cut up and moved a few hundred feet away to prevent them from being forever immersed. a giant piece of concrete was erected to trap the waters of the river: it was named the aswan dam. that huge wall may provide electric power, however it blocks the natural fertilizers needed for cultures. as a result, the soil has grown poorer and fish have become scarcer. as man wanted to provide a technological answer to that natural disaster, the nile was encircled by petrochemical plants producing fertilizers here and there. nevertheless, those fertilizers poisoned the river as they fed the earth. on the banks of the nile, in the delta, fish lay dead, and the hands of fishermen are affected by skin disease. further away, the river, exhausted by its hindered course and polluted by factory wastes, flows into the sea. text written by rachel deghati. published in "destins croisés" (hors collection publishing in 2002). #nile #niledelta #river #fisherman #fish #pollution #environment #factory #documentaryphotography #water #waterislife #industry #savetheearth #photodocumentary #egyptian #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 43 star 5,760 13 hours ago

The never-ending dept #cambodia. #thai #border, #poipet there were about one hundred children coming from all over the country. they were orphans or children abandoned because of the high destitution they were living in. every day, despite the risk of getting caught by the thai frontier officers, they would enter thailand in order to sift through the rubbish bins which were more abundant in thailand than in cambodia. back in cambodia, they would go to the scrap merchant – the one who rent to them pieces of cardboard at full price so that they would spend the night in relative security. the rubbishes would be weighed. and each time, the children would hope that this time, they would be able to discharge their debt and finally be freed. but it was never enough. at night, lonely and full of anxiety, the scrap merchant’s young slaves would fall asleep on the pieces of cardboard, increasing their never-ending debt. text by rachel deghati. published in "destins croisés" (hors collection publishing in 2002). #children #child #orphan #cambodian #cardboard #merchant #poverty #documentaryphotography #photodocumentary #childlabour #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 51 star 5,416 Yesterday

#pakistan. the earth shook furiously, destroying homes and villages, burying lives and leaving survivors to wander the land in search of shelter. these souls wandered about, some terribly wounded, all terrorized by the memory of the earth’s anger. i was returning to islamabad after having flown over the region that had been the most affected. the river wends its way through a calm soothing blue from above... so much serenity in contrast with the drama playing itself out below. photograph taken during a reportage on pakistan for national geographic. text written by rachel deghati. published in "l'envol, la conférence des oiseaux" (democratic books publishing, 2001). #river #travelphotographer #travelmemories #naturelovers #blue #waterislife #documentaryphotography #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 65 star 7,601 3 days ago

-kabul coup- back in 1990 when i was based in bangkok, thailand i received a telex requesting i go to afghanistan and photograph the attempted coup in kabul. there was no time to read up...i just had to go. i would catch up on the story through the newspapers at the airport gift shop. looking at this image of afghan soldiers inside the shelled defence minister residence may look easy but believe me it wasn't. just getting all my transmitting gear out of the barbed wire kabul airport was a feat. i was kicked out of the defence minister residence right after i took this picture. occasionally a rocket fired from the rebels would explode in some part of the city. scary stuff. but not as scary as that 15-year old government soldier resting his chin on the muzzle of an a k-47. #travelingourplanet #travelingourplanet #lonelyplanet #life #dailylife #lensculture #ig_global_people #lensculturestreets #photographyislife #photojournalist #pictureoftheday #35mmphotography #leica #leicaambassador #travelphoto #filmphotographic #capture #photoart #streetlife #picoftheday #imageoftheday #decisivemoment #jeffwidener #kabul #afghanistan #ak47 #war #soldiers #asia #gun

comment 2 star 105 4 hours ago

-historic flight-- this year marks the 20th anniversary that texas businesswoman and aviator linda finch made her round-the-world flight to celebrate amelia earhart's attempt to circumnavigate the globe 80-years ago. this picture was taken in 1997 during her stop at honolulu international airport. my competition from the other newspaper was on ground level doing the standard waving shots but i wanted a different angle so i climbed up near the top of the hanger to get a birds-eye view. the parked replica of earhart's 1935 lockheed electra 10e aircraft along with the hula dancers entertaining finch gave a striking resemblance to an old vintage photograph of a bob hope world war ii uso tour. #travelingourplanet #travelingourplanet #lonelyplanet #life #dailylife #lensculture #ig_global_people #lensculturestreets #photographyislife #photojournalist #pictureoftheday #35mmphotography #leica #leicaambassador #travelphoto #filmphotographic #capture #photoart #streetlife #picoftheday #imageoftheday #decisivemoment #jeffwidener #lindafinch #ameliaearhart #vintageaircraft #lockheed #lockheedelectra #honolulu #aircraft

comment 5 star 154 Yesterday

#karachi, #pakistan. day’s end at the popular site of clifton beach. deserted during the day, it comes to life during the evenings and weekends, the site of festive gatherings of families and friends. games, horseback riding, and picnics provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. photograph taken during a reportage on pakistan for national geographic. text written by rachel deghati. published in "sinbad by reza" (glénat publishing, 2009). #cliftonbeach #travelphotographer #travelmemories #sunset #documentaryphotography #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 42 star 5,883 5 days ago

-differing views- this might qualify as a 'decisive moment'. in 1985 i was on assignment for my newspaper when i came accross a heated argument over fidel castro in miami's little havana district. in a perfect choreography a man removes a pair of glasses at the exact moment his cuban friend lands a left jab to the unsuspecting target. i still can't figure out if that bright light in the background is a lamp post or my flash refecting off something but whatever it is, it helped add a touch of drama to the scene. the picture ran on the front page of the miami news the following day. #travelingourplanet #travelingourplanet #lonelyplanet #life #dailylife #lensculture #ig_global_people #lensculturestreets #photographyislife #photojournalist #pictureoftheday #35mmphotography #leica #leicaambassador #travelphoto #filmphotographic #capture #photoart #streetlife #picoftheday #imageoftheday #decisivemoment #jeffwidener #littlehavana #cuba #cuban #miami #southflorida #latin #fistfight

comment 6 star 237 2 days ago

Nowruz aqrah, nineveh governorate, kurdistan regional government, iraq in front of a crowd gathered to celebrate the arrival of spring, a young dancer of a folklore group wears a scarf in the colors of kurdistan since 2013, i have been working on a book and exhibition project on the kurdistan regional government in iraq. i wanted to highlight its culture, its country and its people that, in the midst of troubled times, seek to bring peace to the middle east. each year, throughout the world, notably in central asia and in the caucasus, almost 300 million people of persian origin celebrate the festival of nowruz, the zoroastrian commemoration of the end of winter and the beginning of spring. the idea of renewal is at the heart of these ancient celebrations, the soaring of new hopes and dreams – in this case that of a people who want to find a lasting and necessary peace. #kurdistanrenaissance #kurdish #kurd #kurdistan #kurdistani #nowruz #celebration #spring #newyear #nowrouz #freedom #hope #peace #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى عكاس @thephotosociety

comment 95 star 6,364 March 2017

A souvenir from the arab spring #cairo revolution on february 2011, on an assignment for national geographic magazine, i went to cairo to cover the "arab spring" and the impact of the revolution on the pyramids and on the remains of the past sheltered in museums. on tahrir square, i encountered many opposition protesters, like this young man who was determined to make his voice heard. i took part in a revolution that was highly meditated, thanks to the numerous visual testimonies shared by the citizens on social medias. hundreds had started to go down the streets of cairo in january, to show their discontent and protest against a government that did not listen to them anymore. the whole political system was plagued by corruption, unemployment and a lack of liberties from which the people suffered. the revolution was underway and led to the fall of the president, hosni mubarak. soon after, tunisia, jodan, yemen, libya, morocco, and bahreïn followed the egyptian example: the arab spring was underway. today, the situation in egypt is still unstable: adbel fattah al-sissi rules the country with an iron fist. #egyptian #egypt #revolution #arabspring #egyptianrevolution #tahrirsquare #opposition #protestor #testimony #flag #egyptianflag #man #shadow #victory #proud #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى#عكاس @thephotosociety

comment 17 star 3,669 February 2017

The last course of the river #egypt, south of #alexandria i was on assignment for national geographic on nile delta. isn't the nile considered the cradle of civilization and agriculture? the nile, abounding in organic plants, came from african lands to feed egypt, to the beat of its floods. as years and centuries went by, irrigated and cultivated lands gave back to man the lavish fruit of his labor. many species of fish used to live in the waters of the generous river. at that time, men, animals and nature lived in balance. then came the day when man, proud of his technological knowledge and following the inevitable momentum of progress, wanted to tame nature and the nile in order to better control its stream, its floods and its recedings. temples, sleeping pharaohs and their treasures were cut up and moved a few hundred feet away to prevent them from being forever immersed. a giant piece of concrete was erected to trap the waters of the river: it was named the aswan dam. that huge wall may provide electric power, however it blocks the natural fertilizers needed for cultures. as a result, the soil has grown poorer and fish have become scarcer. as man wanted to provide a technological answer to that natural disaster, the nile was encircled by petrochemical plants producing fertilizers here and there. nevertheless, those fertilizers poisoned the river as they fed the earth. on the banks of the nile, in the delta, fish lay dead, and the hands of fishermen are affected by skin disease. further away, the river, exhausted by its hindered course and polluted by factory wastes, flows into the sea. text written by rachel deghati. published in "destins croisés" (hors collection publishing in 2002). #nile #niledelta #river #fisherman #fish #pollution #environment #factory #documentaryphotography #water #waterislife #industry #savetheearth #photodocumentary #egyptian #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 43 star 5,760 13 hours ago

The never-ending dept #cambodia. #thai #border, #poipet there were about one hundred children coming from all over the country. they were orphans or children abandoned because of the high destitution they were living in. every day, despite the risk of getting caught by the thai frontier officers, they would enter thailand in order to sift through the rubbish bins which were more abundant in thailand than in cambodia. back in cambodia, they would go to the scrap merchant – the one who rent to them pieces of cardboard at full price so that they would spend the night in relative security. the rubbishes would be weighed. and each time, the children would hope that this time, they would be able to discharge their debt and finally be freed. but it was never enough. at night, lonely and full of anxiety, the scrap merchant’s young slaves would fall asleep on the pieces of cardboard, increasing their never-ending debt. text by rachel deghati. published in "destins croisés" (hors collection publishing in 2002). #children #child #orphan #cambodian #cardboard #merchant #poverty #documentaryphotography #photodocumentary #childlabour #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 51 star 5,416 Yesterday

#pakistan. the earth shook furiously, destroying homes and villages, burying lives and leaving survivors to wander the land in search of shelter. these souls wandered about, some terribly wounded, all terrorized by the memory of the earth’s anger. i was returning to islamabad after having flown over the region that had been the most affected. the river wends its way through a calm soothing blue from above... so much serenity in contrast with the drama playing itself out below. photograph taken during a reportage on pakistan for national geographic. text written by rachel deghati. published in "l'envol, la conférence des oiseaux" (democratic books publishing, 2001). #river #travelphotographer #travelmemories #naturelovers #blue #waterislife #documentaryphotography #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 65 star 7,601 3 days ago

#karachi, #pakistan. day’s end at the popular site of clifton beach. deserted during the day, it comes to life during the evenings and weekends, the site of festive gatherings of families and friends. games, horseback riding, and picnics provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. photograph taken during a reportage on pakistan for national geographic. text written by rachel deghati. published in "sinbad by reza" (glénat publishing, 2009). #cliftonbeach #travelphotographer #travelmemories #sunset #documentaryphotography #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 42 star 5,883 5 days ago

International day of families #iraq, kurdistan regional government, between #duhok and# zakho, refugee camp of cham mishko. since 2013, i have been working on a book and exhibition project on the kurdistan regional government in iraq. i wanted to highlight its culture, its country and its people that, in the midst of troubled times, seek to bring peace to the middle east. here, at the refugee camp of cham mishko, entire families are assembled on the long road to rebuilding themselves. many families have been torn apart by the war ravaging iraqi kurdistan, syria and iraq. off to fight on the one hand or forced onto the road to exile on the other, parents and children leave their family homes with no hope of returning. refugee children of the same family, belonging to the qirani hajj mirza tribe. the cham mishko refugee camp received many yazidis who fled the town of shingal (sinjar in arabic), which was seized by isis on august 3rd 2014, before being retaken on november 13th 2015 by kurdish forces, supported by an international coalition. the yazidis of kurdish ethnic origin are a religious community who practice yazidism, one of the oldest monotheistic religion in the world with similarities in somes ritual with zoroastrianism, hinduism, judaism as well as mazdaism. they live mainly in the province of nineveh in the north of iraqi kurdistan. since 2014, they have been persecuted by the islamic state, who regard them as devil worshippers. #internationaldayoffamilies #family #familyfirst #familyphotography #refugeecamp #refugee #kurdistanrenaissance #kurd #kurdistan #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى عكاس @thephotosociety

comment 29 star 4,210 1 weeks ago

Mother's day #colombia, cauca department, #inza, tierras blancas farm guardian of the sanctuary there is a wooden house perched on top of a hill. in the distance, small spots of bright colors animate the loggia along the façade. the sound of laughter is apparent, creating a light and pleasant atmosphere. the surrounding view is peaceful, the infrastructure remarkably well maintained, and the house is rather basic, but a sense of softness and tenderness is present during the encounter with these women of all ages. united in solidarity around the cultivation of coffee, they are all active members of the “buscando futuro” association. sweetness, clarity, and determination are visible throughout the dozens of different faces of these women. some of them are not married, while others have seen their brothers or fathers killed and taken away from them. all of the women are living in cohesion, attached to their plantation; their only means of survival. in a room of the house, the headquarters of the association, a young woman is cradling her child. a tender moment of sharing between mother and child, a moment of love snatched from the exhausting grind of coffee growing. #usa #motherday #motheranddaughter #love #tenderness #baby #mother #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 42 star 5,669 2 weeks ago

Friends we would like to share a happy and proud moment when our son delazad got his master degree. education has been always our priority. wish you were here!! photo:jesus del rio #marseille #france #education #family #kedge #father #mother #son #graduation #rezaphotography #racheldeghati #delazad #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety @kedgebs

comment 134 star 6,406 2 weeks ago

Bubbles of modernity #azerbaijan, #baku, old city, flower festival in the background is the "maiden tower" or "qiz qalasi", the landmark and part of unesco world heritage. a youth flashmob gathered with bubbles during the flower festival. when i saw this girl, i immediately thought of the name the tower in background "the maiden tower". text written by rachel deghati. published in the book "azerbaijan, elegance of fire" (2014) #maidentower #portraitphotography #qizqalasi #girl #beautiful #festival #bubble #azerigirl #azeri #play #joy #happiness #oldcity #flowers #flowerfestival #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 52 star 8,210 2 weeks ago

#azerbaijan, #baku, holy myrrhbearers cathedral in azerbaijan, while working on a long term assignment on the christian, muslim and jewish communities who live peacefully together. this story sheds light on the incredible assimilation of diverse religious groups all driven by the desire to share in a mutual respect that is not present in other countries. a woman from the orthodox christian community lights candles at the easter vigil. the orthodox church holds an easter vigil at sundown where a paschal candle is illuminated by a sacred flame. the candle is passed around so that all the participants can light the candles they are holding. the growing light symbolizes the light of christ coming into the world. this russian orthodox church was closed down during soviet times and used as a warehouse and gym. during black january in 1990, it was severely damaged by soviet missiles. in 2000, the church was fully restored with financial aid from the azerbaijani entrepreneur, aydin gurbanov, a muslim. the church became a cathedral a year later. text written by rachel deghati. published in the book "azerbaijan, elegance of fire" (2014) #pilgrimage #portraitphotography #cathedral #holymyrrhbearers #christian #woman #candle #azerbaijani #spirituality #tolerance #russianorthodox #russianchurch #easter #religion #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 54 star 6,874 2 weeks ago

Repostby @natgeo_az : "the border #azerbaijan #nardalan #nardaran i had reached the remote village of nardalan. i was looking for a place to rest for a few hours, or perhaps a few days, to replenish myself in an atmosphere reminiscent of my childhood. the sun had just risen. the bustle of the day had not yet begun. i strolled along the deserted streets, immersed in daydreams. i encountered an old man, who looked proud but gentle, seeming both dignified and vulnerable. after exchanging a few words in azeri, he asked me, with emotion in his voice, “you’re from the south?” when i answered yes, he broke into sobs. “i am from the south, too,” he said. “i was a year old when my parents decided to visit relatives here. but then the border was shut down, and we couldn’t leave. my childhood was marked by the grief my parents felt because they could never go back to their loved ones. they had left them for a few days that stretched into forever.” as i listened to him, buried memories resurfaced in my mind, scenes from my childhood in tabriz. i thought i heard my mother’s melancholy song of ayriliq, which evoked the sorrow when azerbaijan was arbitrarily divided in two. my father gave me the historical explanation for the separation, which had torn families apart, stranding family members on both sides of the aras river. this old man had grown up, and grown old, in that forced exile. text written by rachel deghati. published in "war+peace" (national geogrpahic publishing, 2008), "entre guerre et paix"(national geographic publishing, 2008), "derrière l'objectif" (hoëbeke publishing, 2010), "sur les routes de la soie" (hoëbeke publishing, 2007) and "destins croisés" (hors collection publishing in 2002). #portraitphotography #azerbaijani #furhat #man #portrait #blueeyes #face #caucasus #aztagram #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety" )

comment 0 star 165 2 weeks ago

#repost @rezaphotography with @repostapp ・・・ the border #azerbaijan #nardalan #nardaran i had reached the remote village of nardalan. i was looking for a place to rest for a few hours, or perhaps a few days, to replenish myself in an atmosphere reminiscent of my childhood. the sun had just risen. the bustle of the day had not yet begun. i strolled along the deserted streets, immersed in daydreams. i encountered an old man, who looked proud but gentle, seeming both dignified and vulnerable. after exchanging a few words in azeri, he asked me, with emotion in his voice, “you’re from the south?” when i answered yes, he broke into sobs. “i am from the south, too,” he said. “i was a year old when my parents decided to visit relatives here. but then the border was shut down, and we couldn’t leave. my childhood was marked by the grief my parents felt because they could never go back to their loved ones. they had left them for a few days that stretched into forever.” as i listened to him, buried memories resurfaced in my mind, scenes from my childhood in tabriz. i thought i heard my mother’s melancholy song of ayriliq, which evoked the sorrow when azerbaijan was arbitrarily divided in two. my father gave me the historical explanation for the separation, which had torn families apart, stranding family members on both sides of the aras river. this old man had grown up, and grown old, in that forced exile. text written by rachel deghati. published in "war+peace" (national geogrpahic publishing, 2008), "entre guerre et paix"(national geographic publishing, 2008), "derrière l'objectif" (hoëbeke publishing, 2010), "sur les routes de la soie" (hoëbeke publishing, 2007) and "destins croisés" (hors collection publishing in 2002). #portraitphotography #azerbaijani #furhat #man #portrait #blueeyes #face #caucasus #aztagram #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 1 star 533 2 weeks ago

#azerbaijan, #gakh (#qakh) district, kurmuk church in azerbaijan, while working on a long term assignment, i found a very specific and interesting tradition. this picture belongs to a series of photo reports on the christian, muslim and jewish communities of azerbaijan, who inhabit the same land. this unique exhibition sheds light on the incredible assimilation of diverse religious groups all driven by the desire to share in a mutual respect that is not present in other countries. a young woman’s face reflects the soft glow of candlelight as she prays and honors the legend of saint george’s slaying of the dragon. saint george, a 3rd century saint from palestine, is celebrated by muslims and christians alike. in azerbaijan’s northern district bordering georgia, the ancient caucasian-albanian church accepts both azerbaijani muslims and christian georgians. these two very different religious communities come together as one to celebrate what they call the kurmukoba festival. most participants buy ten home-made beeswax candles and participate in a short pilgrimage up the steep hill to the church. some of the candles are lit during the hike and are stuck to the side of the mountain. the remaining candles are lit inside the church; however, one may not enter the church until having circled around it three times, kissing its wall and praying at each of its four corners. text written by rachel deghati. published in the book "azerbaijan, elegance of fire" (2014) #portraitphotography #church #kurmuk #christian #woman #candle #azerbaijani #spirituality #tolerance #christianity #qax #celebration #religion #aztagram #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 63 star 6,822 2 weeks ago

The border #azerbaijan #nardalan #nardaran i had reached the remote village of nardalan. i was looking for a place to rest for a few hours, or perhaps a few days, to replenish myself in an atmosphere reminiscent of my childhood. the sun had just risen. the bustle of the day had not yet begun. i strolled along the deserted streets, immersed in daydreams. i encountered an old man, who looked proud but gentle, seeming both dignified and vulnerable. after exchanging a few words in azeri, he asked me, with emotion in his voice, “you’re from the south?” when i answered yes, he broke into sobs. “i am from the south, too,” he said. “i was a year old when my parents decided to visit relatives here. but then the border was shut down, and we couldn’t leave. my childhood was marked by the grief my parents felt because they could never go back to their loved ones. they had left them for a few days that stretched into forever.” as i listened to him, buried memories resurfaced in my mind, scenes from my childhood in tabriz. i thought i heard my mother’s melancholy song of ayriliq, which evoked the sorrow when azerbaijan was arbitrarily divided in two. my father gave me the historical explanation for the separation, which had torn families apart, stranding family members on both sides of the aras river. this old man had grown up, and grown old, in that forced exile. text written by rachel deghati. published in "war+peace" (national geogrpahic publishing, 2008), "entre guerre et paix"(national geographic publishing, 2008), "derrière l'objectif" (hoëbeke publishing, 2010), "sur les routes de la soie" (hoëbeke publishing, 2007) and "destins croisés" (hors collection publishing in 2002). #portraitphotography #azerbaijani #furhat #man #portrait #blueeyes #face #caucasus #aztagram #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 58 star 7,464 2 weeks ago

Setif massacre #algeria. town of #setif. on these lands charged with collective memories, a monument to the dead of may 8, 1945 reminds us of the setif massacre where thousands of nationalistic algerian protesters were thrown into the depths of the #kherrata gorges in #kabylia, sometimes while they were still alive. we must never forget. #algerian #history #monument #tragedy #massacre #neverforget #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety

comment 5 star 2,620 2 weeks ago